Drip, Drip, Drip… Hearing that sound over and over again especially in the quite of the night can drive just about anyone nuts. That is why the Bible compares the nagging of a quarrelsome wife to the sound of a constant dripping roof. (Proverbs 27:15) Kate did a great job challenging wives to look at their own quarrelsome ways in her post, “The Contentious Wife”.
I’m sure there were some husbands reading that shouting “you go girl” and cheered, thankful that someone was taking the “nagging wife” to task. Well before you go strutting around in a victory dance I think it is important to consider the other side of the street.
The lazy husband has been a comedic figure in America for generations. From Dagwood to Homer Simpson popular culture has created a role of the lazy good for little husband. Sometimes art imitates life, but other times life can start to imitate art. After growing up seeing these “role models” as husbands it is easy to think that a man’s place in the home is on the sofa.
While I never tried to do a Homer impression in my own life I can say that there were many times that gravitated to the couch and “lazy” weekends. I would grumble about the “honey-do list” and completely ignore the laundry that needed folded or pile of stuff needing put away.